Below is a sampling of short documentaries I've directed over the last few years.
In an original Tablet short documentary, meet Morris Dickstein, the youngest old intellectual in New York City Music: "Our Socks Forever More," This Is The Kit http://thisisthekit.bandcamp.com http://thisisthekit.co.uk
Sunday services at Vox Veniae, a Protestant church in Austin, Tex., feature a six-piece band and volunteer baristas. The 200-member congregation reflects the eclectic city. http://www.nytimes.com/video/2013/06/07/us/100000002268970/worship-austin-style.html http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/08/us/breaking-the-evangelical-mold-at-an-austin-church.html?pagewanted=all
A short documentary about the life and influence of Abraham Maslow, the founder of humanistic psychology, narrated by Jessica Grogan, PhD. Grogan is the author of Encountering America: Humanistic Psychology, Sixties Culture, and the Shaping of the Modern Self (Harper Perennial 2013).
Using Legos and toy soldiers, UT-Austin biologist Chris Sullivan explains the concept of viral latency, which is a mechanism that certain viruses, including herpes and HIV, have evolved to hide from the host immune response. It's this ability to hide away in a "latent reservoir" that makes it impossible to cure these diseases, though they can be managed. Read more about how Sullivan is working to "trick" viruses into exposing themselves while latent, which could enable a true cure. http://web5.cns.utexas.edu/news/2012/11/biologist-eradicating-latent-viruses
All Eyes Are Upon Us is a revelatory history of race in the Northeast during the twentieth century. It shows a region, and a nation, at war with itself - pulled toward its higher ideals of democracy and freedom, yet bedeviled by racism and segregation. This story of the Robinsons' quest to purchase a home illuminates the larger conflict at the heart of the North. Jason Sokol is an American historian. He is currently an assistant professor of history at the University of New Hampshire, and has held fellowships at Harvard, Penn, and Cornell. He is also the author of There Goes My Everything: White Southerners in the Age of Civil Rights. All Eyes Are Upon Us: Race and Politics from Boston to Brooklyn, is now out from Basic Books. http://www.amazon.com/All-Eyes-are-Upon-Us/dp/046502226X
Ulrich Mueller, professor of integrative biology at The University of Texas at Austin, has spent most of his professional life peering deep into the evolutionary history of leafcutter ants, a species that evolved the ability to cultivate crops tens of millions of years before humans did. In this video Mueller visits some leafcutter colonies at the Brackenridge Field Laboratory, in Austin, and reflects on what fascinates him about the ants and their co-evolutionary relationship to the fungus species they farm.
Edward LeBrun, research scientist at the Brackenridge Field Laboratory, talks about the invasive crazy ant, and how it's now displacing fire ants in areas throughou the southeastern U.S.
Marine scientist Ken Dunton talks about what the disappearing ice means for humans and animals in the "new" Arctic.